Barbara Ann Schruefer, 51, SSA supervisor

May 03, 2002

Barbara Ann Schruefer, a retired Social Security Administration worker and volunteer with a breast cancer organization, died Monday of a brain tumor at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 51.

Mrs. Schruefer, who lived in Parkville, began her 34-year SSA career at Woodlawn in 1967 working in the typing pool. At the time of her retirement last year on a medical disability, she was leader of the management staff of the SSA Office of Disability.

Barbara Ann Turek was born in Baltimore and raised on Chesterfield Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. She was a 1967 graduate of Catholic High School of Baltimore and attended Loyola College.

Mrs. Schruefer, who survived breast cancer in the 1980s, was an active volunteer with Reach for Recovery, which is sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Last year, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was treated at the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University.

"Her courage in facing the disease was an inspiration to those around her," said her husband of 30 years, John A. Schruefer, a Baltimore attorney.

Mrs. Schruefer enjoyed raising English springer spaniels and golden retrievers. She also was an avid bird watcher.

She was a communicant of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Matthew P. Schruefer of Baltimore; her parents, Bernard "Duff" Turek and Stella Turek of Baltimore; a brother, Joseph Turek of Baltimore; a sister, Theresa Law of Baltimore; and several nephews and nieces.

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